2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Finalist
Todd Asset Management, LLC
Since his oldest son was diagnosed with Schizophrenia in 1978, Bos Todd has been a pioneering leader and advocate on behalf of services for persons with Schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses at local, regional and national levels. In 1979, he became a founding member of a local support group that would evolve into the first Kentucky affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. In 1980, he testified before the U.S. House Appropriations Sub-Committee on behalf of supportive housing for the mentally ill. In 1981, Todd co-founded the Schizophrenia Foundation, Ky., Inc., which would later be renamed Wellspring, Inc. Putting his reputation on the line for a highly stigmatized and risky proposition in the face of neighborhood opposition, he helped to raise the necessary seed money to purchase Wellspring’s first house and hire an executive director. Additionally, Todd played a key role in the 1985 founding of the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, now called the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. Todd served on Wellspring’s board between 1982-92, including two years as treasurer and volunteer bookkeeper, helping to set strategic direction and enlisting many new board members and supporters. Since then, as board member emeritus, he has continued to be a strong fundraiser and advocate, serving on the steering committee for Wellspring’s first capital campaign of $1.2 million in 2008-2010 and providing a substantial challenge gift in 2013-14. In all, he has been an integral part of Wellspring for more than 33 years, guiding the nonprofit to become a $4 million annual operation with 130 professional and para-professional staff who currently serve more than 700 adults with mental illness and transforming the lives of more than 7,000 individuals.